Expect to hear a lot more about this…Actor Randy Quaid has filed a lawsuit against Focus Features, claiming that he was misled about Brokeback Mountain being a small movie in what his lawyers are calling a “movie laundering scheme”. In court documents filed yesterday in Los Angeles (and published by AOL’s TMZ.com), Quaid’s lawsuit (seeking $10 millon in damages) reads:
Producers James Schamus and David Linde, by and through Focus Features, LLC, and Del Mar Productions, succeeded in obtaining Randy Quaid’s performance in ‘Brokeback Mountain’ by falsely representing it as a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money. Yet, from day one, defendents fully intended that the film would not be made on a low budget, would be given a worldwide release, and would be supported as the studio picture it always was secretly intended to be.
Additionally, the filing also contends that Quaid is “an instantly recognizable household name and much-admired actor on the world’s stage”. His legal representatives claim that he is responsible for a worldwide box office of “nearly $2 billion.” The film was made for a reported $13.9 million and has grossed more than $80 million in the U.S. [Eugene Hernandez]